There were two major questions I had after I prayed the prayer of salvation giving my life over to Jesus Christ. Having been disappointed by every man in my life except my earthly father, I wanted to know more about this man Jesus that I had just met. I was not in love with him; I didn’t know anything about him. So I set out on a quest to find out about him. I had heard about him from preachers and Bible story books as a child. I had heard talk about him from different sources but had never met him. One thing I did know is that I was desperate for my life to change and they said he was the only one that could do it. It was a commitment that I had made when I prayed and asked him to take over. I made a decision to trust what the Bible said about him and that is where I began my investigation to find out more about him. These are the two questions I was in search of answers for:
1. What is He like?
2. What does He expect from me?
Giving your life to Christ feels like a blind date. You don’t know anything about him except what your friends have told you. So the date starts out with blind trust. You put on your best behavior and hope he does the same. As you spend time together talking, his personality begins to show. You watch how he acts around other people etc. After going out on more dates and spending more time alone with him you find out more about him first hand. Then you know if what others have seen in him is what you are seeing. My blind date with Jesus was scary. I wanted him to be everything I had been told he was. I wanted him to take care of me and love me and never fail me. And I wanted to be worthy of his love. I was still trying to be good enough to make him love me, just like I did with the men in my life up to that point. My time with him was and still is very fruitful. I am still learning about him after 30 years. What I found out through reading and studying the Bible is that God is:
2. Supreme and Sovereign
3. All Powerful
5. Omniscient (All Knowing)
6. Immutable (Unchanging)
7. All Wise
8. Omnipresent (Everywhere)
I. God’s Love is Unconditional
God’s love for you is not because of anything you have or ever could do. It will never fluctuate. Humans have a tendency to love you one day and fall out of love with you the next. Husbands, boyfriends are sometimes unfaithful. One day the man you fell in love with looks at you and says “I don’t love you anymore.” With God that never could happen because His emotions don’t swing like a pendulum. It is steadfast and secure. His love never changes. God’s definition of true love is found in 1 Corinthians 13:1-13.
1Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body £to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.
4Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. 9For we know in part and we prophesy in part. 10But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.
11When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
13And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
3But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD will hear when I call unto him. 4Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah. 5Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD. 6There be many that say, Who will show us any good? LORD, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us. 7Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased. 8 I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.
(In other words, He is there for me.)
Deuteronomy 7:6-8 6“For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth. 7The Lord did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples; 8but because the Lord loves you, and because He would keep the oath which He swore to your fathers, the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you from the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.
9“Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments;”
II Timothy 1:9 “…who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began,”
Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
Nothing will separate us from His love:
Romans 8:31- 39 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? 32He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? 33Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. 34Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. 35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
God’s love will never weaken or fluctuate:
James 1:17 “for in Him there is no variation or shadow due to change”. Because He loved you before you were born: Jer. 31:3 Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with loving kindness have I drawn thee.
God deserves reverence and fear:
Malachi 1:14b“… I am a great King, saith the LORD of hosts, and my name is dreadful among the heathen.”
Hebrews 12:9. 9Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?
God’s love is Holy and Pure:
Hebrews 12:6-9For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. 7If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? 8But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. 9Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?
God’s love is not fearful:
The “fear” that is spoken of in the Bible concerning God is not “to be afraid of”; but rather “to reverence”. In Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Old Testament he says of Proverbs 1:7
“I. Let them have regard to God as their supreme.
1. He lays down this truth, that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge (v. 7); it is the principal part of knowledge (so the margin); it is the head of knowledge; that is, (1.) Of all things that are to be known this is most evident, that God is to be feared, to be reverenced, served, and worshipped; this is so the beginning of knowledge that those know nothing who do not know this.”
The only one who should fear God is the unbeliever or the backslider. For He is a jealous God, “for I, Jehovah, thy God, am a jealous God,”Deut. 5:9
I John 4:18 “perfect love casts out all fear”. God’s love is perfect, He desires only good for those who believe and trust in Him.
II. GOD IS SUPREME AND SOVEREIGN